thrissur l Sunday l October 11, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l city edition blockbuster sunday after Swiatek saturday in paris French Open ruler Rafael Nadal meets World No 1 Novak Djokovic in final as Polish teen Iga Swiatek wins women’s title loud and clear record players close encounter of another kind Djokovic is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title and a second French Open which would make him the first man in half a century to win all four Slams twice. Defending champion Nadal, the World No 2, can win a 13th Roland Garros and 20th Major which would tie the all-time men’s record held by Roger Federer. Djokovic, 33, has a 29-26 edge over Nadal. ■ ■ ■ Djokovic beat Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 in a close contest late on Friday after Nadal’s straight set win over Diego Schwartzman Djokovic is one of two men to have beaten Nadal here in 15 years Nadal has a 6-1 career edge over Djokovic at Roland Garros. Odds are in favour of Nadal at 7/10. Djokovic is at 13/10 9-6 Nadal leads djokovic in Grand Slam meetings CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI China moved 60k troops to border with India: Pompeo Jagan takes Amaravati land scam fight to SC CPI, fellow Left allies oppose govt move to amend rules of business @T’Puram UDF also unhappy E x p r e s s ne w s s e r v i c e Writes to CJI Bobde on the contours of the benami deals; requests his intervention to ensure neutrality of judiciary in Andhra is restored A move to amend the government’s ‘rules of business’ so as to ensure more power to the chief minister and department secretaries, and thereby clip ministers’ authority, has invited severe opposition from LDF allies. The CPI and other other Left parties opposed the move at the Cabinet sub-committee meet held on Wednesday They . have also conveyed their dissent to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. However, Pinarayi termed the news of amendment a mere speculation and said the draft report is currently under the consideration of the Cabinet panel. The rules of business - a set of rules that governs the gov- The Opposition UDF has voiced it protest saying the move will weaken the democratic system and said it exposed the double standards of the Left, which talks about decentralisation. @ New Delhi US National Security Adviser R o b e r t O’Brien has accused China of trying to take control of the LAC by force, even as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing has amassed more than 60,000 troops on India’s northern border. O’Brien said the time has come to realise that talks will not help change China’s aggressive stance. “There’s nothing to be gained from looking the other way or turning the other cheek. We’ve been doing that for far too long,” he said. Pompeo, after a meeting with the foreign ministers of the other three Quad countries in Tokyo, lashed out at Beijing for its “bad behaviour”. “The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border,” he said during an interview upon his return from Tokyo. He added that India will “absolutely need” US help to fight China, which poses great danger to regional stability . “I was with my foreign minister counterparts from India, Australia and Japan a for mat that we call the ‘Quad’, four big democracies, four powerful economies, four nations, each of whom has real risk associated with the threats imposed, attempting to be imposed by the Communist Party,” he said. saturday’s daily count in Kerala biggest in India 11,755 positive cases reported in Kerala was the biggest single-day spike in the country on Saturday, ahead of Maharashtra (11,416), Karnataka (10,517) 13-year-old boy dies in Kannur Kannur: A 13-year-old boy died of Covid at the Kannur Medical College Hospital, Pariyaram, on Saturday. The deceased is Cherukarakkunnel Joson, son of Jimmy Jose, of Therthalli. He was a Class 8 student of the St Mary’s HSS Alakkode. Rise of the Street Beat PLUS 12 PAGES WITH THIS ISSUE E x p r e s s ne w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada It is official. The confrontation between the Andhra government and the High Court has now snowballed into an open war. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde apprising him of the recent happenings in the High Court in particular reference to the intervention of sitting Supreme Court judge Justice NV Ramana to protect the interests of TDP and its chief N Chandrababu Naidu. Revealing this at a press meet late Saturday evening, Principal Advisor to the CM Ajeya Kallam said the government placed material before the CJI pinpointing instances of Justice N V Ramana’s proximity to Naidu, his interventions to help TDP, his acts of judicial impropriety when he served as judge of the HC. This is perhaps the first time that a State government has written to the CJI against the Chief Justice and judges of a high court. Clarifying that the government’s effort is only to sensitise the SC about the acts of a few judges of the high court, Kallam said the CM’s letter itself indicates the enormous respect he and his government have towards the judiciary . However, the letter itself is nothing less than explosive. The Chief Minister explained at length to the CJI that there were various complaints about the “acts of malfeasance” of Naidu and his close associates and as such, his government, elected with a massive mandate, was well within its constitutional rights to scrutinise the erstwhile TDP government’s misdeeds. Narrating the sequence of events, he said a cabinet subcommittee, formed to examine the TDP regime’s decisions, found that Naidu and others had amassed huge wealth through illegal means, including illegal transactions of purchase of approximately 4,000 acres. The report was endorsed by the Assembly and the government urged the Centre to order a CBI probe, he said, add- ing it was done so to avoid allegations and propaganda of political vendetta by the TDP . From hereon, in his letter, Jagan underscored the role of Justice NV Ramana. “It is my painful duty to place on record that in the course of enquiry by the cabinet sub-committee and also during the course of preliminary investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)... it came to light that two daughters of Sri Justice N V Ramana and some of his close associates and relatives are beneficiaries of various questionable transactions of land within the area which eventually came to be notified as location of the new capital proposed by Chandrababu Naidu.” The transactions, Jagan pointed out, took place in the interrugnum period between Naidu’s swearing-in as CM and public announcement of the capital location in Amaravati. “From the records, it appears that a few transactions were routed through the then additional advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas. It is a notorious fact that Srinivas is too closely associated with Justice NV Ramana and N Chandrababu Naidu with whose blessings he eventually became the Advocate General,” he said, adding that while being a judge of the high court at Hyderabad, Justice Ramana had extended favours to Srinivas which constitute “acts of judicial impropriety .” Jagan also said the Justice Ramana’s proximity to Naidu is too well-known and cited former Supreme Court judge Justice Chalameshwar who “placed this fact on record with Evidence.” He futher said Justice Ramana has been influencing the sittings of the high court including the roster of a few judges and matters relating to the TDP have been allocated to a few judges only . “The above clearly demonstrates the nexus of Sri Justice Ramana, TDP and a few judges of the High Court,” he said and cited the stay orders issued by HC Chief Justice Justice Maheswari on probe against Dammalapati Srinivas and gagging media from reporting on the FIR against him. Sabarimala: Hindu bodies want pilgrimage cancelled M a n o j V i s w a n at h a n @ Kochi THE Hindu organisations and seers from Kerala are likely to approach the High Court seeking a directive to the state government to cancel the Sabarimala pilgrimage this season in view of the prevailing Covid situation. The two-month pilgrimage will start on November 16. A virtual meeting of seers and Hindu organisations on Saturday decided to seek the opinion of Sabarimala Thantri Kandararu Rajeevaru and other stakeholders before taking a final call. However, most of the leaders were of the opinion that the restrictions imposed by the government, including a ban on Pampa snanam (bathing in River Pampa) and ghee abhishekam, will dilute the sanctity of the pilgrimage. The 41-day penance and the string of rituals that start with wearing the sacred mudramala form the essence of the pilgrimage. Pampa snanam and ghee abhishekam are integral part of the pilgrimage, the seers opined. The restrictions imposed by the government are not practical and will only create confusion. In these circumstances, the pilgrimage should be cancelled and the rituals and practices should be performed without allowing pilgrims into the temple, the leaders opined. Swami Chidanandapuri presided over the meeting. The Sabarimala Karma Samithi, an umbrella organisation of various Hindu organisations, has already submitted a memorandum to the governor and the chief minister in this regard. ● More on P5 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e COFEPOSA invoked against accused duo E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kochi THE Customs Commissionerate (Preventive), Kerala, has invoked the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA) against prime accused Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair in the case related to the smuggling of gold via the diplomatic channel. The central board for COFEPOSA approved Customs’ proposal to invoke the Act on Friday . Following this, the duo will be kept in preventive detention one year. They are likely to be moved to Thiruvananthapuram Central Jail where Interview A contrarian view on Pak Irish journalist Declan Walsh discusses with TNIE the role of military in Pakistan and how the way it has dealt with Baloch separatists exacerbated the country’s destabilisation declan walsh Journalist, The New York Times full report: p9 vayalar literary award for ezhacherry Poet Ezhacherry Ramachandran won the award for his collection ‘Oru Virginian Veyilkalam’ (A Virginian Summer). Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will present the award on October 27 banished Dalit victims of atrocities face double trouble Govt remains a mute spectator, says activist The Centre for Dalit Human Rights, an NGO in Jaipur, has submitted to the Rajasthan High Court a list of 17 documented cases in which Dalit families had to flee their homes following threats from powerful upper castes. ‘‘The governmental system has not changed and there is no political will to tackle such atrocities. As a result, the administration remains a mute spectator,” said Satish Kumar, the centre’s director Rajesh Asnani & Rajesh Kumar T h a k u r @ Jaipur/Patna A Dalit woman in Bhopar village of Rajasthan’s Dausa district was allegedly raped by two boys, Mahendra and Jeetram, belonging to the Gujjar community in July 2019. When her family members lodged an FIR, the dominant caste was so enraged that they bur nt her house, thrashed her family members and even threatened to kill all of them. Petrified by the repeated threats, the victim and her family fled to Mahua town, about 10 km from their village, where they eke out a living as labourers earning only `500-600 a day . “We were beaten up and our house was burnt down. We were told that we would be killed if we didn’t leave the village. The police took money from the accused and didn’t help us. The government also didn’t help us,” said Mahesh Chand, the victim’s brother-inlaw. The Dausa family’s troubles only ernment’s routine administrative business - was last amended 15 years ago. In 2018, the then Left government had entrusted a five-member panel of secretaries with the task of proposing changes to the rules. When the draft report came up for discussion before the five-member Cabinet committee, ministers E Chandrasekharan and S Krishnankutty op- posed many of the proposals. “Proposals that give more powers to secretaries cannot be accepted in a democratic system. Ministers have recorded their dissent and forwarded it to the chief minister. Since these are rules concerning the Cabinet, they can only be accepted after the Cabinet’s final approval,” said a senior CPI leader. A K Balan is the convener of the panel, and A K Saseendran and Ramachandran Kadannappally are the members. While some of the suggestions are to speed up the file movement, the proposal to provide primary responsibility to secretaries could see them taking a final call on files keeping the minister concerned in the dark. This may severely deplete the elected legislators’ authority . underline what many Dalit victims of atrocities face. Like the Hathras rape victim’s family, which has alleged that Thakurs, the community to which the accused belong, are threatening them to leave the village, the travails of many Dalit families who face atrocities do not end with the crime committed against them. The upper castes hound the Dalits to such an extent that many are forced to flee their village and relocate elsewhere, where they struggle for a living without government support. other COFEPOSA accused are lodged. Move to impose COFEPOSA comes after the duo received bail in the case filed by the Customs. Similarly, there is a possibility that Swapna may get a statutory bail in the case registered by the Enforcement Directorate. Furthermore, since Sandeep has given a confession statement to the National Investigation Agency, there is possibility that he may be released if he turns approver. “We have initiated steps to impose the Act against the duo. The order has been handed over to jail authorities,” an official said. M Sivasankar coming out of office of the Commissioner of Customs(Preventive) after questioning | Arun Angela Sivasankar grilled for 12 hrs yet again Kochi: The Customs questioned CM’s former principal secretary M Sivasankar for 12 hours for the second straight day. The interrogation on Saturday was mostly based on digital evidence, call data record (CDR) and his trips to Gulf countries. Customs will give Sivasankar two days to defend his position. The interrogation is likely to resume on Tuesday.
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